What happened this day in history January 8

What are the important events that happened on January 8? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 8: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 8 is the 8th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 358 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 26, 2019 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 438,456 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘octagon’ day.

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Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 17 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,574 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 8 Historical Events

  • 1297
    François Grimaldi, disguised as monk, leads his men to capture the fortress protecting the Rock of Monaco, establishing his family as the rulers of Monaco.
  • 1746
    Second Jacobite Rising: Bonnie Prince Charlie occupies Stirling.
  • 1838
    Alfred Vail demonstrates a telegraph system using dots and dashes (this is the forerunner of Morse code).
  • 1867
    African American men are granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C.
  • 1877
    Crazy Horse and his warriors fight their last battle against the United States Cavalry at Wolf Mountain, Montana Territory.
  • 1906
    A landslide in Haverstraw, New York, caused by the excavation of clay along the Hudson River, kills 20 people.
  • 1962
    The Harmelen train disaster killed 93 people in the Netherlands.
  • 1973
    Watergate scandal: The trial of seven men accused of illegal entry into Democratic Party headquarters at Watergate begins.
  • 2002
    President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.
  • 2004
    The RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, is christened by her namesake’s granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.

Who were born on January 8?

  • 1786
    Nicholas Biddle, American banking executive (d. 1844)
  • 1788
    Pavel Kiselyov, Russian general and politician (d. 1874)
  • 1896
    Arthur Ford, American medium (d. 1971)
  • 1909
    Evelyn Wood, American educator (d. 1995)
  • 1948
    Gillies MacKinnon, Scottish film director
  • 1961
    Keith Arkell, English chess Grandmaster
  • 1972
    Giuseppe Favalli, Italian footballer
  • 1975
    DJ Clue, American DJ and producer
  • 1982
    Gaby Hoffmann, American actress
  • 1989
    Aaron Cruden, New Zealand rugby player

Who died on January 8?

  • 1874
    Charles-Étienne Brasseur de Bourbourg, French writer and historian (b. 1814)
  • 1916
    Ada Rehan, Irish-born American actress (b. 1860)
  • 1918
    Ellis H. Roberts, American politician (b. 1827)
  • 1956
    Jim Elliot, American Christian missionary (b. 1928)
  • 1967
    Zbigniew Cybulski, Polish actor (b. 1927)
  • 1970
    Georges Guibourg, French performer (b. 1891)
  • 1976
    Robert Forgan, British fascist (b. 1891)
  • 1991
    Steve Clark, English guitarist (Def Leppard) (b. 1960)
  • 1994
    Pat Buttram, American actor (b. 1915)
  • 2006
    Tony Banks, British politician (b. 1943)

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